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Worth noting

• Howard has been bothered with soreness in his left knee for a few weeks, but he played first base for the second consecutive game after not starting Sunday. "His knee is a little sore, but he can play," Manuel said. "He wants to play. He's in there."

• Thirty years ago Tuesday, Mike Schmidt struck out in his first four at-bats on 12 pitches. In his fifth at-bat, he hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against Jeff Reardon to beat the Montreal Expos, 5-3.

• Right-hander Carlos Zambrano threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings in a start Tuesday with Class A Clearwater. He allowed three hits, two walks and struck out two in an 81-pitch outing. The Phillies signed him to a Minor League contract this month. He can ask for his release if he is not on the Phillies' roster by July 1.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for
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